|U of M innovators receive almost $10 Million in funding|
|Posted Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:23 AM|
|Researchers at the University of Manitoba will receive more than $9.9 million in new grants and scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).|
The money will support research in a variety of areas, including green buildings in Manitoba, mosquito-borne diseases, and flood protection.
The awards total $9,936,997 and were included in a national announcement made in Toronto today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and NSERC president Suzanne Fortier.
“Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. To remain at the forefront of the global economy, our government is investing in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs,” said Minister Goodyear. “Through these investments, we are creating the best-educated and most skilled workforce in the world.”
A total of 70 professors will share $9,054,497 in funding from the NSERC Discovery Grants program in the categories of individual, group, subatomic physics, and research tools and instruments. Three of those researchers will receive an extra $120,000 each through the Discovery Accelerator Supplements program. Thirty-five additional researchers at the graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral level will receive a combined $521,500 in scholarships.
“This new funding reflects the high quality of research that is carried out every day at the University of Manitoba. We are home to a strong team of innovators,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. “I am proud of our recipients and excited about the new technology and developments that will result from this research.”
“These scholarships and fellowship funds will make possible a wide range of research projects,” said John (Jay) Doering, dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. “This funding helps us to attract and retain some of the best up-and-coming researchers.”
In total, more than 3,750 scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country will share upwards of $410 million in grants and scholarships over terms ranging from one to five years.
NSERC is a federal agency that supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. It promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
>>For recipients and descriptions of projects, see: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca
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